Motivate Students with Digital Badges

Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar!

Motivate students with digital badges. The Mac Arthur Foundation defines a digital badge as “an assessment and credentialing mechanism that is housed and managed online. Badges are designed to make visible and validate learning in both formal and informal settings.” A digital badge looks similar to a Girl Scout or Boy Scout patch. The badge is small with icons and awarded when the student accomplishes a specified task or demonstrates great skill. Students can attach evidence to their digital badges and display their badges on a digital badging platform or upload them to a portfolio or website. Digital badging helps teachers recognize skills not usually highlighted in a report card or transcript, such as great leadership, collaboration, citizenship, creativity, and innovation. The tools below are free and will help you get started designing and awarding digital badges.

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